Rafa's men are moving closer to survival.

Rafa’s men are moving closer to survival.

Newcastle United came from 2-0 down at half-time to claim a huge point at Anfield on Rafa Benitez’s return to his old ground.

Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana left Newcastle looking down the barrel at the break, but Papiss Cisse and Jack Colback fired in second half goals to give the GeordiesĀ a potentially pivotal point in the relegation dogfight.

Benitez named an unchanged lineup as he looked to build on the momentum of the Manchester City draw, but his side were behind after just 68 seconds thanks to Sturridge.

The England striker controlled a ball into the box brilliantly, turning away from two defenders before firing across Karl Darlow in the Newcastle goal.

Liverpool, fresh from their hammering of local rivals Everton in midweek, were quickly into their stride, dominating possession and not allowing Newcastle to make a fight of things in midfield, as they had done on Tuesday night against City.

Lallana was particularly impressive, and capped his display with a stunning second. He controlled Alberto Moreno’s cross just outside the area, before curling a shot high past Darlow with his left foot.

Newcastle had no attacking impact in the first half, and it took until the dying moments of the first 45 for them to have a shot, but Vurnon Anita’s strike didn’t replicate the one he struck four days ago.

Benitez knows half-time team talks well, having came up with the famous speech while 3-0 down in Istanbul in 2005, and had to produce something similar to inspire his Newcastle team.

It worked, too, as Papiss Cisse halved his side’s deficit just over four minutes into the restart. Anita’s cross from the right confused Simon Mignolet, who rushed out of his goal to try and claim the high ball, but got nowhere near it. Cisse nodded in to give Newcastle hope.

A minute later, Liverpool’s appeals for a penalty were ignored by referee Andre Marriner, and the visitors broke away at the other end.

Moussa Sissoko found Cisse, who went one on one with Mignolet before hesitating, trying to round the goalkeeper and finally finding Andros Townsend, who blazed over from a good position.

Roberto Firmino then had the ball in the net but was correctly flagged offside (that was a relief for Newcastle after Tuesday night), before Newcastle got their equaliser.

Townsend was the creator, making space on the right before finding Colback via a knockdown, and the midfielder’s volley took a deflection before finding the net.

Sturridge, Lallana and sub Philippe Coutinho all had efforts on goal as the home side tried to nick a late winner, but Newcastle managed to hold on and claim what could be the most important point of their season.